The Wild came into the weekend looking to put an end to their 3 game losing streak. They traveled to Raymond J Bourque Arena Friday, October 14, to face-off against the East Coast Minutemen and then were on the road again Sunday the 16th in an 8:30p matchup vs. The Northeast Generals.
The Wild were quickly down in Friday night’s matchup as the Minutemen netted a goal just :54 seconds into the first period. The Wild were able to tie the game up just 4:53 later with a shorthanded goal by Zach Gagne, assisted by Lema Muradov. Tucker Twardosky got his second goal of the year at 9:41 in the first to put the Wild ahead 2-1. Jacob Branson extended the lead to 2 for the Wild with the sole goal in the 2nd 3:35 in assisted by Derek Erbe and Joey Mazzochia. The Wild would eventually seal the Win with the sole goal in 3rd by Daniel Avdioukin, assisted by Lema Muradov and Zach Gagne. Brayden McGary to the “W” in ent for the Wild stopping 27 of 28 shots.
Coming off Friday night’s win, the Wild were looking to put together their first win streak of the year Sunday night vs. the Northeast Generals. The Generals went up 2-0 by the end of the first. The Wild, unable to get any offense started, dropped 3 more in the 2nd before being able to net their first by Lema Muradov 15:37 into the period, unassisted. The Generals continued their scoring notching another goal just :57 seconds after the Wild’s first. Maine would score first in the 3rd with a 2nd goal by Lema Muradov, assisted by Daniel Avdioukin and Zach Gagne. The Generals would once again respond less than a minute later. The Wild would notch two more in the 3rd coming from Evgeni Semeniuk and Lema Muradov to complete the hat-trick. Despite the late game push, it would not be enough to defeat the Generals as the Wild would fall by a score of 8-4.
“I thought we played well all weekend. We are young but getting better every week. I was satisfied with our play in all areas. Our goaltending is an issue at present time. We need to stop the shots we should. We do that and we will be fine. I loved the way we played this weekend.” – Coach Lowry
The Wild are back in action this upcoming weekend traveling to the Long Beach Sharks for a 2 game series being played Friday at 7:30p and Saturday at 8:00p. All Wild games can be watched live online on Hockey TV.